News : FC Bayern: Julian Nagelsmann signs contract until 2026 – Sport
With the good feeling of his “lifelong dream” from FC Bayern being fulfilled, Julian Nagelsmann accepted the question of the world record release with a light heart. “What is she doing to me? Not too much,” said the probably most sought-after man in the German coaching scene in a good mood about the unbelievable sum of up to 25 million euros that the record champions are transferring to RB Leipzig. “A person,” emphasized the 33-year-old, was “not worth” so much money anyway.
And no, “I am not afraid now, I did not write the sum down”. But RB, which Nagelsmann leaves “with a heavy heart” in the course of a spectacular coach castling. “I would not have ended this contract for other clubs,” he said. But the temptation of Munich, where Nagelsmann will sign until 2026, was too great.
Nagelsmann said that he had “never made a secret of it” that he was attracted to the job there. The commitment in Munich, where his wife Verena lives with the two children in the surrounding area, is “something very special” and a “perhaps unique opportunity”. In the summer he succeeds everything winner Hansi Flick, whose wish to terminate his contract, which runs until 2023, was fulfilled by Bayern – and who is drawn to the DFB as the successor to national coach Joachim Löw.
The top favorite for Nagelsmann’s legacy is Jesse Marsch from RB’s sister club Salzburg. “I have no major concerns or am afraid. I still sleep quite well,” said Nagelsmann with a wink of his spectacular change. He is approaching his new task as “top motivated” as he is on the home straight in Leipzig with the possible entry into the DFB Cup final.
Bayern board member Oliver Kahn is “convinced that we will shape the sporting future very successfully together with Julian Nagelsmann”. The long-time patron Uli Hoeneß, who is considered a big Nagelsmann fan, spoke of a “good choice” like fan idol Bastian Schweinsteiger. Nagelsmann is aware that he will have to prove himself again on the Isar. He will “open it with the conviction that I can do it,” he said confidently.
Although he has not yet won a title as a professional coach, he still seems made for the glorious FCB – not only because he likes to wear a red coat on the sidelines. Nagelsmann makes players better. And much to the delight of the Bayern bosses, he prefers to concentrate on his core job instead of messing with his superiors on transfer issues.
Nagelsmann comes from the Upper Bavarian Landsberg am Lech, he welcomed and said goodbye to players in Leipzig with the expressions “Griaß di” and “Pfiat di”, which are common on the Isar. His “love for white sausage”, he recently said, “is unbroken. The same goes for my love for the mountains.” Hoeneß wanted to sign him as Hoffenheim U19 coach during his time. At that time, TSG patron Dietmar Hopp refused the release.
Six years late, the dream marriage comes about after all. Also because, according to RB boss Oliver Mintzlaff, FC Bayern was willing to pay the “extremely high transfer fee”. Mintzlaff “at least didn’t want to deny” that it will be up to 25 million euros, depending on the success. In Munich, Flick said goodbye after “two unforgettable years” with soon seven titles and the annoying long-term quarrel with sports director Hasan Salihamidzic with conciliatory words.
“It was a very great honor for me,” he said, expressly including Salihamidzic in his thanks. Flick, said President Herbert Hainer, will “always have a place in the history books of FC Bayern”. As Löw’s assistant world champion, Flick also plays a role in the history of the DFB, and in the summer he should continue it as the new national coach. As heir to his ex-boss Löw, who is leaving after the European Championship, Flick is the logical choice.
But the association, which was torn by the bitter dispute at its head over the wavering President Fritz Keller, is still keeping a low profile. According to Mintzlaff, Leipzig has “three interesting candidates” for Marsch in view of the Nagelsmann successor, and nothing has been signed yet. But Mintzlaff already promised one thing: “We will remain aggressive. Julian will feel us.”